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Dairy and Livestock event
We had a good couple of days at the Dairy and Livestock event, meeting farmers and keeping up with recent developments in the industry. This show is now Europe’s leading event for the livestock sector with over 16,000 visitors. There were elaborate stands, demonstrations of the latest technology...
12 Sep 2011
What’s your beef?
Some wrongly label extensive livestock farming systems as ‘inefficient’. A case study of the livestock farming system on one of our upland reserves highlights that these systems can provide a lot more than first meets the eye. Following a successful day at last year's ‘National...
21 May 2012
On Tour- Best of NoFA in the East!
The Nature of Farming Award Tour of the best entries in the East this year is now in full swing- starting last week with RSPB Eastern England Regional Director, Paul Forecast presenting the Award to the Regional Winner... read about the winner and the other events in the tour below- and then why not...
16 Oct 2012
RSPB at the Oxford Farming Conference
Blog post by: Richard Winspear, Senior Agriculture Advisor RSPB I had a great couple of days at the Oxford Farming Conference. We hosted a breakfast fringe meeting to celebrate the winners of the Nature of Farming Awards 2011 and launched the first Farmland Bird Friendly Zone. Martin Harper, our new...
9 Jan 2012
Grazing in the uplands - new report
Posted on behalf of Abi Burns, Senior Agriculture Policy Officer Our uplands are special. They provide nearly three quarters of our drinking water, their deep peat soils hold more carbon than any other habitat in the UK and they provide an escape for millions of people who visit these iconic landscapes...
18 Mar 2013
A farmland bird spectacle in Derbyshire
I was asked if I could do a bird survey on a farm to support a Higher Level Stewardship (HLS) application and could not turn down the opportunity to nosey around a part of Derbyshire that I knew little about. So it was a very early start on Saturday to travel up to a hill farm on the edge of the Peak...
30 Apr 2012
34 and counting...exciting news from The Great Crane Project in Somerset
We are now well into the second year of the Great Crane Project – and have spent the spring and summer hatching and rearing another batch of cranes to joint the eighteen birds that were released last year. This brings the number out on the Somerset Levels and Moors to 34. After three weeks of ‘anchoring’...
27 Sep 2011
Beefing up on biodiversity - How can I shop for meat and help wildlife?
While researching my article for Birds magazine, I had lots of suggestions for farms to use as case studies from RSPB staff all over the UK. One suggestion that particularly inspired me was the work that Amanda, Chris and Denise are doing on Peelhams Farm. So much so that I’ve just placed my first...
30 Apr 2013
How does feeding livestock link Tree sparrows with Toucans?
I recently met with some farmers developing ‘Pasture fed’ , a new initiative whose farmers will be giving a big NO to feeding their livestock grain. It will be grass, and more grass for their livestock. You might think that this is no big deal...isn’t that what cattle and sheep are...
6 Aug 2012
What do corn buntings and choughs have in common?
The current Cornish chough population (six breeding pairs in 2011) is the only one in England, having returned naturally to the Duchy in 2001. There is also a small edge of range population of corn buntings on the north coast of Cornwall and you can now see choughs and corn buntings feeding together...
31 Jan 2012
Making space for nature alongside producing milk
This spring we embarked on a new project with some of the dairy farmers who have contracts to supply Tesco with milk. We are working with these dairy farmers to find practical measures that they can integrate into their systems to help wildlife. The farms have received bird surveys through the Volunteer...
9 Nov 2012
My kind of farm
I am often told that I have the best job - I get to visit lots of farms, walk around beautiful English countryside and listen first hand to what farmers want to talk about. I can't disagree, I do love my job! A couple of months ago, I drove over to Oakley Grange Farm, in Leicestershire to visit Richard...
1 Aug 2013
Working together to turn wetland biomass into bioenergy
Posted on behlaf of Sally Mills, Reserves Bioenergy Project Manager The Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) is currently running a project looking at converting the wetland biomass from habitat management works into energy. Luckily for them, a willing volunteer and valuable pair of hands...
1 Oct 2013
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